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Are Selfies Killing the Photo Album?

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Young people love to take selfies and don’t really care about printing photos and putting them in albums. That might not be the biggest shocker of the year, but a new British survey at least puts some numbers to this amateur photography trend that’s leaving us with a lot fewer prints and a lot more digital clutter.

The poll, commissioned by Samsung, asked 3,000 young adults about their photo habits, and the biggest finding was that a full 30% of the photos taken by people age 18-24 are selfies, with men more likely than women to turn the camera on themselves.

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Other metrics include:

  • A total of 1.9 billion images are captured in Britain every month, with 328 million of those shared online.
  • Only a third of all young people think to put printed photos into an album.
  • On the other end, 13% say they’ve never used a photo album in their lives.
  • For sharing images, 53% of young folk prefer Facebook.
  • And 10% are uploading smartphone photos to the Web within 60 seconds of snapping them.

So to answer the question posted in the title: in short, yes… yes they are. On the other hand, there are plenty of non-selfie reasons to blame. Sure, an album full of self-portraits would be lame, but the bigger problem is that we don’t print our photos anymore.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: print what you want to preserve… and stop taking only selfies.

(via The Telegraph)


Image credit: selfie by kimncris and albums by Tiffany Dawn Nicholson (TDNphoto)